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Date: 03/21/20 19:15
March 21, 2002
Author: burlingtonjohn

18 years ago today on 21 Mar 2002, the colors of the American Freedom Train made their triumphant return as 4449 backed out of the Brooklyn Roundhouse. Before you holler, there is nothing wrong with the lettering on the tender; they just hadn’t had time to take all of the masking off!  In talking to the crew, they had every intention of repainting the auxiliary tender into r/w/b but the really crappy, rainy weather and the fact that the roundhouse roof leaked like a sieve making paint adhesion a real pain. As you can see, they barely finished getting 4449 ready.
 
While my SP friends may take umbrage with me, I think the r/w/b of the American Freedom Train is the finest scheme ever worn by 4449.  My family and I had made the trip from San Diego for this occasion … the run on the 23rd from Portland to Bend was beyond epic, more on that later.

Regards,
Burlington John
 




Date: 03/21/20 19:40
Re: March 21, 2002
Author: nycman

Sure brings back memories, John, and you were there to cover it.



Date: 03/21/20 19:47
Re: March 21, 2002
Author: burlingtonjohn

nycman Wrote:
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> Sure brings back memories, John, and you were
> there to cover it.

It was great meeting you on the train!

Regards,
Burlington John
 



Date: 03/21/20 20:51
Re: March 21, 2002
Author: train671

That was a great trip and the many folks along the way in both directions were out waving their
flags too as we passed by their locations.



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